Livid Instruments, best known for their line of MIDI controllers, has released two free Racks for Ableton Live users.
The first Rack features the classic 8-bit sounds of the Commodore 64/Mode Machines SID:
Livid’s KC Harvey-Taylor sat down with one recently to break out some sounds for some drums and samplers that are perfect for retro-game effects or just punching through a mix with the characteristic edgy sounds of low-bit, lo-fi, old-school computers.
This free set of samples are conveniently wrapped up in an Ableton Live Pack and includes a 23-sound Drum Rack, a multi-sample Bass, a couple nice lead synths with effects, and some MIDI clips to get you started. If you don?t have live, you can just download the WAV files.
Here’s an audio preview: Continue reading
Open Music Labs has introduced x0x-heart – a new clone of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer voice.
Purists may argue that it’s a clone of the second cousin of a clone of the original TB-303, but $79 gets you a populated PCB + power supply. Buyers will need to add pots, controls & a case or panel.
x0x-heart is an SMT replica of the TB-303?s analog voice, complete with VCO, VCA, VCF, and envelope generators. It’s meant to be a base upon which you can build ‘a highly acidic synthesizer’.
Here’s a demo of the x0x-heart in action, sequenced by a 303: Continue reading
This video, via Paul Rogalinski, demos x0xlarge – a x0xb0x CPU upgrade that gives the Roland TB-303 clone a bigger brain.
The CPU upgrade lets you load custom firmwares that add new features to your x0xb0x. Continue reading
Here’s a quick sneak preview of the Open Music Labs Mini x0xb0x.
Details on the Mini x0xb0x are to come.
Mode Machines has released x0xb0x for iPad, a software synth that emulates its hardware clone of the Roland TB-303.
Mode Machines has not provided any specifications for the app, other than it requiring OS 6.1 or later. It’s a free app, though, so give it a try and let us know what you think of it!
Here’s a video demo: Continue reading
This is a sneak preview of the upcoming Mode Machines x0xb0x virtual instrument for the iPad. Continue reading
This video, via KeepUpOnIt, offers a x0xb0x take on the classic Fatboy Slim acid jam. Everyboy Needs a 303.
This video, via JoeLMutantE, is a teaser/demo for the Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai x0xb0x special tribute edition:
Here are seven x0xb0x made with full audio analog modifications. They have an outstanding sound capabilities, not only clonning the original Roland TB303 sound, even adding more powerful sound mods.
Totally hand made and with the name of each samurai engraved on it. Very limited edition of very powerful analog synth.
Demos of the complete Seven Samurai x0xb0x set at his YouTube page.